The common denominator for all of human kind is our love for food.
Wherever you're from and whatever your personal hobbies are, chances are there is something else that get's you going and makes you excited. And for us JapanLovers, what better kind of food to share than Japanese inspired food!
Now, fellow JapanLover Clarisse is showing us her own oishii and umai recipes to drool over and, more importantly, try to make for ourselves!
Spreading the JapanLover Jam one pastry at a time!
Oishii & メチャ カワイイ Japanese Cheesecake Super Mushroom Cupcakes
Well it’s not a secret, but it’s not something I get to discuss at length.
I super love videogames. I love it so much I once made concept art for a game I had an idea for. (Also something you didn’t know about me, I love to draw!) When I was in high school, I played a ton of RPGs on the Playstation 2. Ahhh memories… The downside to RPGs is that it takes time and dedication to finish, and if you’re a perfectionist like me, you try to finish all the side-quests (eg. Finding all 101 Dalmatians in all the Kingdom Hearts games) and unlock all the bonuses, which takes more time of course. Time– it’s something I no longer have much of these days. The real world kind of sucks that way.
Anyway, I wouldn’t be a proper videogame nerd if I didn’t love Super Mario. It’s one of the most iconic games in the history of videogames. One of my favourite ways to play a Mario game is through the Wii. Ever since the Wii was invented, the Mario-verse hasn’t been the same. It’s become even better! As in make-a-cupcake-as-a-tribute-to-Super-Mario-awesomeness better!
Coming across this recipe was pure luck. I knew I wasn’t going to settle for a simple vanilla cupcake and top it with red frosting; it didn’t feel very Mario. So when I saw this Japanese cheesecake recipe, I knew it was “the one”.
Using the Japanese cheesecake as a base, the cupcakes felt more appropriate as homage since the cool cats responsible for Super Mario are Japanese. Aside from that, Japanese cheesecakes are so wonderfully cotton-soft and sponge-like. They practically melt in your mouth if you make them bite-sized like I did. They don’t have that super rich flavour and texture typical cheesecakes do, instead it’s a little sweeter with a subtle savouriness to it.
It most definitely is a very unique type of cheesecake.
Making this cheesecake involves a tad bit more steps than the usual cheesecake as well. It will have you whipping egg whites and folding the batter, but it’s all good in the end. I mean, even the bad guys want a piece of the cheesecake shroom!
Unfortunately for them, the Super Mushrooms and the Mario Brothers belong together.
Okay maybe Mario eats a ton more shrooms than Luigi. In any case, the boys looks like they’ve never seen this mush shrooms in one place! If you’re wondering where I got these adorable boxed Super Mario characters, I actually downloaded them from this site and cut and folded them into shape myself. They’re called Cubeecrafts and I have a whole collection of my favourite videogame characters in Cubee form set up in my brothers’ room.
Ugh this whole thing was just too cute!! I couldn’t stop taking pictures.
Now let me steer your attention towards the recipe for a second. I made my cheesecakes in regular-sized cupcake tins, however they do tend to shrink back on themselves a little bit as time passes, thus turning into bite-sized treats. I’m far from perfecting my technique in making this kind of cheesecake so I don’t have any answers on how to stop this shrinking from happening just yet. However I did not have any problems with cracked tops after following the instructions for the water-bath and the post-baking rituals, so there’s that! :D
Also, feel free to share your thoughts with us! We will be doing more nom collaborations in the future & your creative ideas will be very much appreciated!